Compare 2008 Saturn VUE vs 2009 Subaru Forester

2008 Saturn VUE
2009 Subaru Forester
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FWD 4-Door I4 XE
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
FWD 4-Door I4 XE 19 26 $20,125 $21,525
AWD 4-Door V6 XE 15 22 $22,785 $24,370
FWD 4-Door V6 XR 16 23 $23,188 $24,800
FWD 4-Door I4 Green Line 25 32 $23,978 $25,645
AWD 4-Door V6 XR 16 22 $25,058 $26,800
FWD 4-Door V6 Red Line 16 24 $25,525 $27,300
AWD 4-Door V6 Red Line 16 22 $27,395 $29,300
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4-Door Manual X
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Manual X 20 27 $18,938 $19,995
4-Door Manual PZEV X 20 27 $19,149 $20,195
4-Door Automatic X 20 26 $20,028 $21,195
4-Door Automatic PZEV X 20 26 $20,239 $21,395
4-Door Manual X w/Premium Pkg 20 27 $21,196 $22,495
4-Door Manual PZEV X w/Premium Pkg 20 27 $21,407 $22,695
4-Door Manual X w/Prem/All-Weather 20 27 $21,563 $22,895
4-Door Manual PZEV X w/Prem/All-Weather 20 27 $21,774 $23,095
4-Door Automatic X w/Premium Pkg 20 26 $22,104 $23,495
4-Door AutomaticPZEV X w/Premium Pkg 20 26 $22,315 $23,695
4-Door Automatic X w/Prem/All-Weather 20 26 $22,471 $23,895
4-Door Automatic PZEV X w/Prem/All-Weather 20 26 $22,682 $24,095
4-Door Automatic X L.L. Bean Ed 20 26 $24,330 $25,995
4-Door Automatic X Limited 20 26 $24,355 $25,995
4-Door Automatic PZEV X L.L. Bean Ed 20 26 $24,541 $26,195
4-Door Automatic PZEV X Limited 20 26 $24,566 $26,195
4-Door Automatic XT 19 24 $24,582 $26,195
4-Door Automatic X L.L. Bean w/Nav 20 26 $25,977 $27,795
4-Door Automatic X Limited w/Nav 20 26 $26,002 $27,795
4-Door Automatic PZEV X L.L. Bean w/Nav 20 26 $26,188 $27,995
4-Door Automatic PZEV X Limited w/Nav 20 26 $26,213 $27,995
4-Door Automatic XT Ltd 19 24 $26,409 $28,195
4-Door Automatic XT Ltd w/Nav 19 24 $28,059 $29,995
Pricing
Invoice Price
$20,125
$18,938
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$21,525
$19,995
Monthly Payment Estimate
$359 / month
$333 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.0
8.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2008 Saturn Vue isn't as large as competing models on the inside and isn't the best choice for growing families, but in all other respects, it's a much-improved vehicle. It’s significantly improved this year, but the 2009 Subaru Forester remains a unique all-wheel-drive crossover with less power and fewer features, but better carlike handling, than its competition.
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Fuel Economy
City
19 mpg 20 mpg
Highway
26 mpg 27 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
2WD Sport Utility Vehicle 4WD Sport Utility
Interior Dimensions
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Head Room (in)
39.3 40.4
Second Shoulder Room (in)
55.9 55.6
Front Leg Room (in)
40.7 43.1
Front Hip Room (in)
52.6 52.9
Passenger Volume (ft³)
- TBD - 107.6
Second Leg Room (in)
36.9 38.0
Front Head Room (in)
40.2 41.6
Second Hip Room (in)
52.9 52.7
Front Shoulder Room (in)
56.0 56.1
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
7.8 8.7
Length, Overall (in)
180.1 179.5
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- TBD - 38.4
Height, Overall (in)
67.0 65.9
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - 27.4
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.8 60.2
Wheelbase (in)
106.6 103
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
- TBD - 32.8
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
72.8 70.1
Track Width, Front (in)
61.4 60.2
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
56.4 68.3
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
NA NA
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
NA NA
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
- TBD - 42.2
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- TBD - 37.5
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
29.2 33.5
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - 53.25
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
- TBD - 33.9
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- TBD - 61.8
Brakes
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
- TBD - 11.3 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Power
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.7 x 1.14 11.7 x - TBD -
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
19 16.9
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
18.5 Variable
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
40.0 34.4
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.46 3.0
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - 37.4
Tires
Front Tire Size
P235/65R16 P215/65HR16
Spare Tire Size
T155/90D16 Compact
Front Tire Order Code
QKG NA
Spare Tire Order Code
- TBD - NA
Rear Tire Size
P235/65R16 P215/65HR16
Rear Tire Order Code
QKG NA
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1500 2400
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
150 200
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - 200
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1500 2400
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3825 3250
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
16 x 4.0 NA
Rear Wheel Material
Alloy Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 16 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Alloy Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 16 x 6.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
9.0 7.3
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 90
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - 356
Engine
Fuel System
MFI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
161 @ 5100 170 @ 4400
Engine Order Code
LE5 NA
Displacement
2.4L/145 2.5L/150
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
169 @ 6200 170 @ 6000
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas Flat 4-Cyl
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
26 27
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
19 20
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
- 22
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.41 4.11
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.41 1.09
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Manual w/OD
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
- TBD - -
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.74 NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.48 3.45
Clutch Size (in)
NA 8.86
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.84 1.45
Trans Type
6 5
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
- TBD - -
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 0.78
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.88 3.33
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.87 2.06
Trans Order Code
MX0 NA
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA
Summary
Body Style
4 Door SUV 4 Door
Vehicle Name
Saturn VUE Subaru Forester (Natl)
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - 0.83
Suspension Type - Rear
3-Link Double wishbone
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - 32
Suspension Type - Front
Independent Strut MacPherson-type
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - 0.67
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - 32
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- 6

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